Anthony Davis notwithstanding, being a superstar as a defensive player in college basketball is rarely a glamour job. The best defenders can change the course of a game or a season, but their biggest plays don’t even necessarily show up in the box score.
Michigan State freshman Gary Harris gets most of his accolades for his deadeye three-point shooting, but he’s also one of the toughest defenders in the stacked Big Ten. Harris can force an opposing shooter out of his rhythm as well as any guard in the country with his physical playing style and unstinting hustle on the defensive end.
With or without eye-popping stats, Harris and the rest of the players on this list are matchups no offensive player ever wants to see. Read on to see who makes the most big plays, who can stick to his man the tightest and who does the best job of putting it all together to earn the top spot.